About LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center 

LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center at a Glance

Louisiana is our home, and advancing cancer research and cancer care is our mission.  We are a multidisciplinary cancer center dedicated to preventing, treating, and eradicating cancer. With research areas including translational medicine, cancer initiation and progression, and community outreach and engagement, our researchers and clinicians are committed to making a difference in our Louisiana communities and with cancer care at large. 

To reduce the cancer burden through a culture founded in excellence in research, clinical care, education, and active partnership that provides high-impact discoveries and increased access to cutting edge medical care for everyone throughout Louisiana and beyond.


To be the Cancer Center leading the way nationally in combating cancer in rural and urban areas with high disparaties and complex social determinants.

Catchment Area

Catchment area is a term used by the NCI to indicate the defined geographic area in which the Cancer Center concentrates research, education and outreach efforts. Our catchment area is defined as the state of Louisiana. For more on our catchment area, including demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, social determinants health, and the cancer burden in Louisiana, click here

The Quest for NCI Designation

Louisiana State University (LSU) and its academic medical center partner, LCMC Health, have joined forces to create an academic Cancer Center that will reduce the cancer burden and disparities throughout the State of Louisiana and across the Gulf South coast. After many years of collaboration, LSU formally announced its selection of LCMC Health as its academic medical center partner in the pursuit of NCI designation in February 2022. With this announcement, LCMC Health committed $75M over five years for cancer research, cancer care, and revolutionary STEM educational programs. The investment reflects LCMC Health’s commitment to transform healthcare in the state through state-of-the-art care, access to clinical trials, and additional resources for training the next generation to continue this work. 

Year Founded

Founded in 1990


New Orleans, Louisiana

Our History

In 1990, the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center was established by former LSU Health New Orleans Chancellor Dr. Mervin Trail as a place for passionate healthcare professionals to join together to improve cancer treatment and combat this devastating disease. 

Stanley S. Scott was the first African American reporter for United Press International and was named Special Assistant for Domestic Affairs under Presidents Nixon and Ford. Serving as chief liaison for a number of organizations, he became a key part of bringing together groups of African American leaders to meet with White House leaders. After being diagnosed with lung cancer, Mr. Scott gave his name to the Cancer Center.

Today, LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center has reimagined, reinvented, strengthened, and modernized how Louisianians tackle a cancer diagnosis and more importantly, how they can prevent it. Now home to approximately 100 cancer researchers and physicians, our research programs directly benefit the Louisiana community by providing access to resources to prevent cancer and detect it at earlier, more treatable stages. Our research also helps take strides toward a cancer-free future.  

Through funding, critical partnerships with LSU and LCMC Health, and a robust membership program that brings together the brightest minds in cancer research, it is our mission to bring first-class, affordable cancer care to everyone in the state of Louisiana. 



Our Leadership

Dr. Ramos

Joe W. Ramos, Ph.D.

Director, LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center

Director and Chief Executive Officer, Louisiana Cancer Research Center

Dr. Ochoa

Augusto Ochoa, MD

Deputy Director, LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center

Chair, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology




Stephanie Kleehammer

Chief Administration Officer

Janice Williams-Lucas

Business Manager

Eileen Mederos

Clinical Trials Network Manager

Lee Sabatini

Director, External Affairs


Contact Us

LSU LCMC Health Cancer Center
1700 Tulane Ave., 9th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112

Phone: (504) 210-2828
Fax: (504) 210-2970

Media Inquiries: Lsabat@lsuhsc.edu or 504-210-2982.

For patients interested in treatment or clinical trials, please call toll-free at 1-866-559-2476



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